Or the beach…
It’s that time of year again.
The weather is warming.
The sun is shining longer, stronger and later.
We’re slowing, stopping and *shedding* clothes.
*I’m* slowing, STOPPING and reminding you to shed the electronics by the water as well.
First, HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY to USA-types.
The thing is, more than any other day, this post today is *highly* applicable and important today.
(does that even make any sense? is it like “allow myself to introduce myself” phrasing? sadly, it makes complete sense to me.)
I have a story to share.
A fleeting, frightening moment which made this highly plugged-in Mama grateful for the fact she UNPLUGS when the child arrives home.
It was a lovely, scorching HOT afternoon in Austin & a friend invited us over to swim.
I eagerly accepted.
Part for the water-play & a lot for the friendship-time.
Life is too, too busy & Id not seen my friend in ages.
Life is too, too busy and, despite my best laid plans, the Tornado hadn’t been in a pool in ages.
I clearly remember plopping my smart phone on the passenger seat after I parked (ahhh the safety of the suburbs. some days I miss ye!).
I recall thinking:
I dont need this by my side since the Tornado is here.
(Im crazy obsessed with the phone when she’s at school. It’s always with me. Im convinced the moment it’s NOT/the battery dies the school will immediately need to reach me STAT.)
Off we went.
And I happily basked in the grown-up talk-time I craved.
My friend and I were chatting away when out of the corner of my eye I saw the Tornado start to struggle.
She panicked, and even though there was a ‘noodle’ within reach, she slid under gulping water as she went.
Within seconds I leaped fully clothed into the pool & dragged her to the side.
Thankfully, outside of being terrified, she was entirely ok.
After a few hugs and a popsicle she returned to the water (& hasnt ever mentioned the experience again).
Ive thought about it over and over and OVER since the day it happened.
More than anything I keep returning to the fact I left my smart-phone in the car and how thankful I am I did.
- When I have my phone with me Im always slightly distracted.
- When I have my phone with me it’s always buzzing, vibrating, ringing or lighting up and, no matter how PRESENT I strive to be, I tend to check it.
I like to think I check *quickly* but we all know how easily it is to get sucked into social media distractions.
Again and again and AGAIN Ive thought about how, had I been focusing on the smart phone, I might have missed the Tornado going under water.
Again and again Im grateful I have a policy NEVER to bring a smart-phone to the pool.
I know I could miss a call. I know I could miss a text. Im certain Im missing emails, tweets, DMs & status updates.
Ive made it a policy to NEVER bring my smart-phone to the pool.
I promise not to mind if you email, text, call, DM, tweet or status update another time.
SLATE has a fantastic article about drowning–versus aquatic distress–not looking like we imagine. It’s worth a read.